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Leon Metzger, 89
2015-HI-Nov-Leon-Metzger-ObituaryLeon Metzger, a former Tarrytown resident, died peacefully October 26, with his loving daughters at his side. He was 89.

He graduated from Evander Childs HS in the Bronx, and from City College of New York, where he received his Bachelors’ Degree in Electrical Engineering. During World War II, he served in the Navy and was a radio technician aboard the USS Renate, an auxiliary cargo ship. After working at several engineering firms in New York City, Mr. Metzger finished his career at Stauffer Chemical Company in Dobbs Ferry, retiring in the mid-1980’s.

Leon and his wife, Gilda, moved in the late 1970’s from the Bronx to Tarrytown, where they lived for over 30 years. Their home was in the Edgemont Condominium Community, and Leon served as an officer and member of the Board. During retirement, Mr. Metzger was an officer of the Tarrytown Seniors Club and was involved in other organizations in Westchester County. In 2009, the couple moved to Sakonnet Bay Manor, in Tiverton, Rhode Island. His wife of almost 66 years died in March.

Among Mr. Metzger’s lifetime interests were classical music, particularly opera; dancing to Big Band music with Gilda; cooking; crosswords and Scrabble; and zoology, anthropology and natural history. He loved creative problem-solving and tinkering with household items to improve their functionality. He treasured his lifelong friends, especially his Phi Delta Pi fraternity brothers and their spouses.

Rabbi Paul R. Siegel, 91
Paul R. Siegel, who was the Senior Rabbi for Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown for 43 years, died peacefully October 4 at Village Care in New York City. He was 91.

In 1948, Rabbi Siegel was ordained by his teacher, friend and mentor, Rabbi Steven Wise at the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. That same year, he married Lorraine Peltz in a ceremony officiated by Rabbi Wise. In addition to receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College, Rabbi Siegel received a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Columbia University. Rabbi Siegel served as a chaplain in the Air Force during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Captain, and then began his long and distinguished career as the Rabbi for Temple Beth Abraham.

During his tenure there, he led both conservative and reform services, in two different chapels within the same building, to honor tradition as well as innovation. Rabbi Siegel was in the vanguard of the Reform Jewish movement, having been instrumental in establishing interfaith services in Tarrytown and ensuring the equality of men and women in the synagogue. In 1976 Rabbi Siegel was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. Rabbi Siegel was known for his kindness, generosity of spirit, keen intelligence and ability to skillfully yarn a story or joke to capture the meaning or absurdity of any conceivable situation.

Renee Tacoma, 91
Renee A. Tacoma, a longtime Elmsford resident, died October 15. She was 91.

For more than 40 years, her parents, Sal and Rose, operated Sal’s Superette on Orchard Street in Tarrytown. She grew up in Tarrytown and North Tarrytown and was a graduate of North Tarrytown High School. On June 1, 1947, she married Vincent A. Tacoma in St. Teresa’s Church. The couple moved to Elmsford in the 1950’s.

Mrs. Tacoma worked for New York Telephone for over 25 years when she retired as a supervisor. She had been a member of the Pioneers Club while at NY Telephone. She had also been a member of the Tarrytown Seniors and the Greenburgh Seniors.

Nat Weinberg, 91
Nat J. Weinberg, a longtime resident of Tarrytown, died October 17 after a long illness. He was 91.

He served proudly in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot during WWII, and later had a career as a commercial pilot. He enjoyed building and flying radio-controlled model airplanes, was a member of the Westchester Radio Aero Modelers, and had an interest in military aircraft history. After his retirement, he enjoyed sailing on the Hudson River and was an avid reader and sports fan.

Curtis Colucci, 56
Curtis V. Colucci, a resident of Greenburgh and graduate of Irvington High School, died October 14. He was 56.

He was the proud owner of Colucci Auto Body Shop in Greenburgh, for over 30 years; where he served the Greenburgh community, receiving many awards and citations. He was a fun loving person who enjoyed life and made friends throughout his travels. He was also active in his summer community in Long Island, where he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Colucci was an adventurous person who skydived, loved skiing, boating, motorcycling, jet skiing, dog sledding, flew a plane and loved to travel.

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